Leap Day 2012 in WDW Magic Kingdom, a small handful of my family and of course my wonderful husband were able to celebrate with me. I was very grateful for the 5 hours or so I had with them, but the majority of the time I was alone. I remember being on the People Mover at 5am on March 1, 2012…looking down at an empty Tomorrowland and wondering if I was some sort of weirdo for loving Disney World so much. Nobody I knew felt strongly enough about it to be there with me at that time of the morning. Who could blame them though, really? Still, it was strange being in the happiest place on earth, not feeling sad really, but feeling very alone.
Fast forward to this week, and on our latest episode of the Disney Parks Podcast, Parkhopper John asked each of us what we were looking forward to the most about the all-nighter on May 24, 2013. The very first thing that popped into my head was spending time with friends. I wasn’t sure if my husband would make it over to party with us, but he did, and that made it even more wonderful to me.
There were 2 or 3 times yesterday and last night that I looked around and couldn’t believe the wave of emotion that came over me. At times laughing until my face hurt, and at others feeling so amazingly thankful. What a difference a year makes. I have met some of the most wonderful new friends as a direct effect of Disneyways. Some near, some far, and some that I have never met in person (yet!) To say that I feel blessed is a terrible understatement. I am so undeserving of the life that I lead, and I never, ever want to take it for granted. I don’t normally talk about myself this much here on the blog, but I hope you will forgive me and understand that what I am trying to do – is encourage you today.
If you ever feel alone in your passion for Disney, if you ever feel far away from this magical place, I hope you will think of my story. If you are reading these words right now, YOU are one of the Disney friends that I carry in my heart every time I go through those magical archways on property, whether we have met in person or not. Disneyways, and none of the work that I do, means anything without you. Thank you for taking this journey with me. Thank you for being my Disney friend – one of the best kind of friends in the “World.”
Enjoy a Monstrous 24-Hour Event
On May 24, 2013, for one day and one night only, Guests will have the chance to spend 24 whole hours inside select Disney parks!
Click hereto listen to the latest podcast from DPP for more on this fabulous event!
The Disney Parks Podcast team will be streaming live and holding meetups at Walt Disney World throughout the evening to celebrate the event. In an effort to help you continue the celebration at home all summer long, we have a special offer for you! My beautiful friend Sam from WalterAndRosie.com has created this special edition candle inspired by the Monstrous All-Nighter. It has the light scent of peppermint which has a reputation as being wonderful aromatherapy for any time you need a “pick-me-up.” Perfect for an all-night party, don’t you think?
Here are the 2 steps it takes to get entered. Deadline is Monday June 3rd 2013 at 11:59 pm
1. Head over and “Like” the Walter&Rosie Facebook page here.
2. Send an email to Disneyways@Disneyways.com with the subject line Monstrous Mint Summer Giveaway and let us know you’d like to be entered to win.
That’s it! One lucky winner will be chosen and notified by email on Tuesday, June 4th 2013. Thank you for playing along and have a magically monstrous day!
Please click here to read about out partnership with the Disney Parks Podcast! We have a short and sweet show (just over 13 minutes!) for you this week. Tony, Parkhopper John, Parkhopper Sid, and I will share with you our top 5 things to do while you attend the Monster-ous Summer All-Nighter at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
Remember the live event kicks off on Friday, May 24th at 6am!
If you are unable to make the event in person this year, we will be bringing the festivities to you by broadcasting live periodically throughout the evening.
Be sure to listen all the way to the end of this DPP episode to catch Tony’s secret word! Repeat that secret word to Tony on Friday night and you will receive a very special Disney By The Numbers pin!
Spend time with friends at the Disney Parks Podcast Meetups throughout the evening! We would love to see you there.
1st Meet location – Meet at 7 PM Train station 2nd floor
2nd Meet Location – Meet 9PM The old swan boat dock (Rose Garden)
3rd meet location – Meet Midnight Tomorrowland Terrace ( Upper eating area
Can’t be here in person? No problem! We will be LIVE STREAMING, tweeting & posting to Facebook through the night. Follow @DBTN & @Disneyways @wdwparkhoppers on twitter for updates!
We have lots of additional surprises and special guests in store – so don’t miss the live streaming as we broadcast periodically through the night.
Click here to go to the Disney Parks Podcast website and catch episode 46 – just in time to plan your Monster-ous All-Nigter!
Are you coming to the all-night party on Friday May 24th?If you missed the announcement, Magic Kingdom Park in Florida will be staying open from 6AM May 24th – to 6AM on May 25th , 2013, local time.
I would LOVE to meet you during this Monstrous event!
Won’t you stop by and say hello?
1st Location – 7PM May 24th on the train station 2nd floor
2nd Location – 9PM May 24th at the Rose Garden near Tomorrowland – this is also known as the old swan boat dock
3rd Location – 11:59PM May 24th at Tomorrowland Terrace ( Upper eating area)
If you get a minute, please RSVP here, so we will know to look for you!
While you’re on the event page – please drop us a line. We look forward to hearing from you!